Blue Valley Northwest High School

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Blue Valley Northwest High School
Blue Valley Northwest.png
13260 Switzer Road [1]


United States
Coordinates38°53′18″N 94°42′10″W / 38.888343°N 94.702906°W / 38.888343; -94.702906Coordinates: 38°53′18″N 94°42′10″W / 38.888343°N 94.702906°W / 38.888343; -94.702906
School typePublic, High School
School districtUSD 229 [2]
CEEB code172296 [3]
PrincipalAmy Pressly
Enrollment1,611 (2015-16)[4]
Color(s)Purple, Black, White,and Silver                    
Athletics conferenceEastern Kansas League
RivalsBlue Valley North
Blue Valley West
Blue Valley High School
Blue Valley Southwest
NewspaperThe Express

Blue Valley Northwest High School (BVNW) is a high school in Overland Park, Kansas, United States. It is part of the Blue Valley Unified School District. Blue Valley Northwest is one of several schools located within the city limits of Overland Park. In the 2009 Newsweek ranking of the top 1,500 high schools in the United States, Blue Valley Northwest was ranked #364, the highest in the district and the state.[5] The school has been ranked in the top 700 since 2005. In 2014, Blue Valley Northwest was selected as one of the six finalists for the first annual Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge, sponsored by the Department of Education under the Obama administration.[6]

Blue Valley Northwest is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association and offers a variety of sports programs. Athletic teams compete in the 6A division and are known as the "Huskies". Extracurricular activities are also offered in the form of performing arts, school publications, and clubs.


Thirteen courses, mainly for motivated freshmen and sophomores, are designated as "Honors" classes. In addition, 17 Advanced Placement courses for college credit are offered.[7] Students taking Honors or Advanced Placement courses receive weighted GPAs.[7]

In 2015, Blue Valley Northwest students who attempted the tests achieved an average ACT score of 25.3 out of 36 and an average SAT score of 1879 out of 2400. The class of 2015 also had seven National Merit Finalists and 20 National Advanced Placement Scholars. [7]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The Huskies compete in the Eastern Kansas League and are classified as a 6A-5A school according to the KSHSAA. Throughout its history, Blue Valley Northwest has won several state championships in various sports. Many graduates have gone on to participate in Division I, Division II, and Division III athletics.[citation needed]

State championships[edit]

State Championships[8]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Soccer, Boys 3 2006, 2013, 2015
Volleyball 3 1996, 1997, 2000
Cross Country, Girls 1 2007
Winter Swimming and Diving, Boys 2 1994, 1996
Swimming and Diving, Girls 4 1995, 1996, 1997, 2008
Basketball, Boys 4 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018
Spring Golf, Boys 1 2003
Tennis, Boys 2 2005, 2015
Tennis, Girls 2 2000, 2001
Soccer, Girls 4 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
Total 26


BVNW's orchestra has received a 1 (the best) ranking every year the school has been open. Students in the orchestra also have auditioned and represented the BVNW in local, state, and national orchestras.[citation needed]

Yearbook and Newspaper[edit]

The school's yearbook is called Horizon, the newspaper is called "The Express", the school broadcast news program is called Husky Headlines and the school's literary magazine is called The Muse.

The Horizon and Husky Headlines have been nominated for several Pacemaker awards, and in 2004, the "Horizon" won the Pacemaker Award.[9] The school newspaper, The Express is a member of the High School National Ad Network. At the April 2007 JEA conference in Denver, "The Express" was voted the number one newsmagazine.[citation needed] At the November 2007 JEA conference in Philadelphia, the newsmagazine was rated sixth.[citation needed] In 2015, The Express was nominated for a Pacemaker, but did not win. It did receive sixth place among the competition that year. On November 12, 2016 in Indianapolis, The Express won a Newspaper Pacemaker Award, the first for the publication.[citation needed]


  • The school hosted the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) Conference in June 2007.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ GNIS for Blue Valley Northwest High School; USGS; November 16, 2006.
  2. ^ USD 229
  3. ^ High School CEEB Code Search
  4. ^ "Blue Valley Northwest High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  5. ^ America's Top Public High Schools - Newsweek and The Daily Beast
  6. ^ President Obama, Department of Education Announce Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge Finalists | The White House
  7. ^ a b c "School Profile 2015-16". Blue Valley Northwest High School. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  8. ^ "State Records & State Champions". Archived from the original (English) on April 21, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
  9. ^ NSPA - Contest Winners Archived July 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.

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